Federal prosecutor’s Atlanta office adds cybercrime unit

(File: CBS)

ATLANTA, Ga (AP) — The U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta is adding a cybercrime unit to fight what it says is a growing threat.

U.S. Attorney John Horn announced Tuesday that his office is one of 30 nationwide that recently got an additional prosecutor position to boost its efforts to fight cybercrime.

The announcement comes on the heels of the arraignment Friday of two Nigerian citizens who were extradited from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Atlanta to face charges. Damilola Solomon Ibiwoye and Olayinka Olaniyi are accused in a series of alleged “phishing scams” targeting Georgia Tech and other colleges and universities across the country.

Federal prosecutors say the pair used the scams to capture school employees’ login and password information and used the information to send payroll deposits to bank accounts they controlled.

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